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Old 04-12-2004, 10:27 AM   #15
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Here is the issue as I see it.

The cost and time running down the parts to hook up an appliance that "might" work..............for now. I did that and eventually replaced it anyhow.

Vs the cost of buying a new one that "will" work and will not fail you when you least expect it, requiring more time/money/effort just to enjoy the trailer. Believe me the last thing you want is to run out of hot water in the middle of a shower where you live

Remember, using the trailer is supposed to be a relaxing escape form the stress of the daily grind. Not adventures in RV repair. Based on the missing parts I would yank it out and install a new one. The door should be able to transferred to the new heater depending on the age of the current one, and then you will have a known good water heater.

On the furnace. Before you just replace it I would check a couple of things first. Is the gas pressure in your LP system correct?

If the regulator on the bottles is not working correctly the high draw of the furnace could be causing the issue.

I would also check the cross over tubes that connect to the outside of the trailer. These can be inspected form the outside without removing the furnace.

You need to see if they are rubber tubes or metal tubes. Metal is good, rubber may not be safe. If the tubes re cracked you need to get them replaced before using the furnace or you could wake up dead
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Old 04-12-2004, 03:42 PM   #16
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I replaced the bowen water heater in my '71 with an Atwood. I got some info on the procedure on my website if your interested.

http://www.ldservice.com/tim/airstre...ter_heater.htm

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Old 04-18-2004, 12:22 AM   #17
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Thought we would up date this thread re: the water heater.

So far we have spent $10.00 CND to replace copper pipe and two valves from the local pluming/heating store. Unfortunately when we were cleaning the unit we dropped the burner assmebly and broke the baffel - so we will now need a new burner assmembly unless they sell just the burner pipe? somewhere.

Had our local propane dealer check over the regulator assembly and they gave the a-okay - just needed a good clean. So we are off to the local RV salvage to see if we can pick up a not so used burner pipe.


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Based on the missing parts I would yank it out and install a new one
Boy you must be loaded???


We also don't plan on camping up here in the winter!! just camping in the warm/hot weather where a tepid to cold shower is great - but a nice cool lake or ocean is much better!!! Showers are for when your at home - besides our little holding tank would be full after we brush our teeth and have our coffee
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Remember, using the trailer is supposed to be a relaxing escape form the stress of the daily grind.
It is funny you mention this - we can not believe the number of "campers" that load up their rigs with TV,VCR,DVD,Stereos and Computers doesn't anyone enjoy nature anymore????

Where we live out in the country dusk is just filled with frogs, loons, wood peckers and morning dove calls - why on earth would anyone want to spoil that sound??? (Rather read a good book...play cards and drink with good friends!)

Furnace still pending - but tubes are metal.

Tim if we ever do have to replace the WH we will definitely come to you for the step by step - thanks for the link.
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Old 05-11-2004, 05:03 PM   #18
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I have one real dissappointed Husband who on the weekend looked like he just lost his last friend.

With about $50.00 in to the water heater and the LP side working to perfection - we finally had a warm stretch and got past the possible freak freeze - so guess who was able to fill up the water tank!!!

...and then guess who had to drain it real quick?????

There's a hole in the bucket dear lyza dear lyza.

Well it's replacement Atwood cost a mean $489.00CND that is nuts. Checked out just replacing the aluminum tank - and that is $250.00 + taxes CND To put a patch in that I understand never really works was going to cost a cool $175-225 = taxes CND

So what goes around comes around and my original title to this thread "looking for waterheater" is quite fitting now.

We are holding out for a trip to Campingworld to pick up the replacement for $296.00US - the LP/Elec - 6 Gal one.

In the mean time it is back to boiling water till the end of June....

and maybe that is why they took those two parts out - not to save blowing us up - but to save us from drowning
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Old 05-11-2004, 05:40 PM   #19
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Know what Sharon?

Camping folks survived many years before water heaters came along. Most of the campgrounds I stay in have hot showers. I would do just what you're doing, prioritize things and put a new water heater on the list.
No prob in heating water on the stove in the meanwhile.
I want my AS to be totally functional but I'm not about to miss good camping weather because of minor stuff and let's be real, compared to the expense of other stuff, the cost of a new WH is minor.
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REALLY GLAD you have decided to purchase a new water heater. From what I can see, there was more missing than just the tube from the burner to the control. At the burner end of the original tube is where the orfice ( controls the amount of LP ) goes into the burner. gosh---if you would have turned that thing on, you'd have needed more than a new hair do. Strange that the LP people didn't caution you in that regards. Just to be safe, I'd be checking all the LP lines, before striking a match.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:36 PM   #21
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REALLY GLAD you have decided to purchase a new water heater. ....At the burner end of the original tube is where the orfice ( controls the amount of LP ) .....Strange that the LP people didn't caution you in that regards. Just to be safe, I'd be checking all the LP lines, before striking a match. Best,

you must have missed one of my posts - there was only two parts - the lp connector from the LP source and the elbow (that should have contained the orifice and not just an elbow that was provided to us by an RV place in Toronto)

Did I mention that Peter's new name was Peter the flame thrower. He lit that pilot and flipped the switch and it created a blow torch - good thing he is left handed so he stood on the right

We have replaced pretty much all the LP lines now -with one more to go to the fridge. We have a brand new main regulator with the rubber hoses (are they specially lined inside or something???) cause they seem to be pretty exposed to the sun and could wear a lot faster than the flex metal hose???? used by gas companies.

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Camping folks survived many years before water heaters came along.
Our boat has no conveniences except a porta pottie (pump out style) so boiling water for dishes and bird baths is a way of life for us - unless of course we hit a marina with hot showers - hmmmmm do we ever savor them when we get them .

Great place for questions and getting answers but guys will be guys and just have to learn for themselves - most do survive their trials a tribulations
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Old 07-10-2004, 02:11 PM   #22
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I would like to ask one quick question re: water heaters. Why are so many replacements being done w/Atwood vs. the original Bowen water heater. Is Bowen now inferior? Harder to install than old? Replacement doesn't fit? Easier to get? Just wondered since we are now thinking of replacing our old Bowen.
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Old 07-10-2004, 02:42 PM   #23
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Bowen, as a company, does not exist anymore. It is now owned by Atwood.

From the Atwood site....
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In 1965 Atwood acquired Bowen Water Heater Company and in early 1986 Atwood acquired the gas range and oven producing Wedgewood Industries. Hydro Flame was acquired in 1993, and in 1994 Atwood became ISO 9001 certified and also entered the Seating Hardware business with its acquisition of Better Products.
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